Not offered in 2019

Unit description

Examines the discipline of victimology including social, psychological, financial and legal consequences of criminal victimisation. Explores the past, present and suggested future rights of crime victims. Contemporary issues include the appropriate role of victims in the criminal justice system, victim impact statements, the right of crime victims to compensation and restitution, the special needs of various categories of crime victims, restorative justice and whether other types of victims should be included in the study of victimology.

Unit content

Module 1: The history, scope, extent and theories of Victimology - The nature, concerns and scope of victimology - The extent of criminal victimisation - Theoretical perspectives - The process, effects and consequences of criminal victimisation. 

Module 2: Victims and the criminal justice system (CJS) - Crime victims and the Australian CJS - history, role and rights - The relationship between crime victims and key personnel within the Australian CJS - Comparative perspectives - is there a better way forward for crime victims in the CJS? 

Module 3: Assisting the recovery of victims - Psychological recovery - Financial recovery from the offender and from third parties - Financial recovery from government victim compensation schemes

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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